Culture at Risk

Culture at Risk


The Getty is proud to support the "Culture at Risk" series on PBS. "Culture at Risk" looks at foreign and domestic artifacts, artworks, buildings, or whole communities at risk from war, environmental damage, neglect and development. For more information on the series, please see the "Culture at Risk" site on PBS.org.

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Utah archaeological site becomes protest site



A prized Native American archaeological site in Utah has become the center of a battle over local vs. federal control. As part of our series Culture at Risk, Jeffrey Brown reports from Recapture Canyon, where ancient Pueblo cliff dwellings and artifacts remain after more than a millennium -- and a Bureau of Land Management decision to close the canyon to motorized vehicles has prompted protest.


Graffiti Art Gives Abandoned Miami Stadium a Second Life



In the early 1960s, a Cuban architect who fled to South Florida designed the Miami Marine Stadium, an ambitious structure that hosted concerts, boat races, religious services and political rallies. But the city decided to abandon the venue when a hurricane ripped through in the early '90s. Since then, graffiti artists have led the way in keeping the cultural landmark alive. Jeffrey Brown reports.


Passing down the passion for preservation with hands-on work



High atop Central Virginia's Shenandoah Mountains, students are continuing work begun 75 years ago when the National Park was originally established. A pilot project from the National Trust for Historic Preservation is bringing a new generation of young civilian workers into the hands-on trade of preserving America's landmarks. Jeffrey Brown reports.


Preserving the cultural treasures of Los Angeles, one block at a time



The city of Los Angeles is constantly reinventing itself. But now, a project called "Survey L.A." is digging beneath the city's layers to identify, catalogue and preserve its diverse cultural history in electronic form. Jeffrey Brown reports on this effort to map the history of a relatively new and rapidly developing city.


Scholar fights archaeological looting in Egypt



In the aftermath of Egypt's 2011 revolution and resulting political turmoil, the nation's treasured antiquities have been increasingly under threat of looting, vandalism and violence. In our series Culture at Risk, Jeffrey Brown examines the emergency facing Egypt's rich archaeological heritage and one scholar's efforts to publicize the problem.


Will development overshadow Myanmar's rich cultural history?



There is no urban landscape like Yangon in the world. Largely isolated from the rest of the world for decades, Myanmar's capital city has been frozen in time, filled with temples and grand buildings from the colonial era. But as the country embraces a more open society, how will it manage to preserve its past while building its future? Chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown reports.



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The Detroit Institute of Arts


In June 2014 the J. Paul Getty Trust awarded a $3 million grant to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) to ensure that its outstanding collections will continue to be available to the public. In making the grant, the Getty joined with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for-profit and not-for-profit institutions, and individuals across the nation in supporting the "Grand Bargain" to preserve the DIA and its art in perpetuity.
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